Dear Jackie Speier: No.

Right on cue, the Palace received a missive today from one Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA), urging me to help the DCCC make its totally arbitrary $100,000 fundraising number by its totally arbitrary deadline of midnight tonight:

Iris –

Last night House Republicans voted in favor of an appalling piece of anti-choice legislation that could force victims of rape and incest to relive their trauma during an IRS audit and deny millions of American women access to life-saving reproductive health care.

Their assault on women has nothing to do with saving money and everything to do with forcing extremist beliefs into the tax code of the United States of America.

And they didn’t stop there. They used the occasion to sneak in a provision restricting the definition of rape to deny victims access to reproductive health care — even after they claimed to have removed the language in the face of overwhelming public opposition.

We must take immediate, decisive action against this attack on women’s health and reproductive freedom.

Help us hold House Republicans accountable: Contribute $3 or more right now so we can get hard-hitting Rapid Response ads up holding Republican extremists in Congress accountable for their radical assault on women’s health care and reproductive freedom.

Republicans’ H.R. 3 bill would drastically restrict women’s options for reproductive services by imposing burdensome new regulations on public and private insurance coverage. If made law, women would be denied using money from their personal health savings accounts to pay for abortion services.

I know how important it is for all women to have access to reproductive health care and it is unconscionable that one party would hold women’s health hostage and use the tax code as a moral club to force their religious beliefs on every American.

We are just $27,215 short of our emergency Rapid Response goal of $100,000 by Midnight Tonight to fight this Republican extremism.

Help us hold House Republicans accountable: Contribute $3 or more right now so we can get hard-hitting Rapid Response ads up holding Republican extremists in Congress accountable for their radical assault on women’s health care and reproductive freedom.

With your help, we will stand up to this extremism and protect women’s reproductive freedom.

Thank you.

Rep. Jackie Speier

P.S. House Republicans will stop at nothing to appease their extremist anti-choice Tea Party backers. Please contribute right now so Democrats can get hard-hitting Rapid Response ads up to hold the extremists in Congress accountable for their radical assault on women’s health care and reproductive freedom.

Dear Jackie Speier:

Thank you for your informative missive.  I think it is fantastic that the DCCC wants to “hold Republicans accountable,” at least in principle, although I have no idea what that actually means in actual practice.  I agree with you that H.R. 3 is radical and extremist, but I disagree with your statement that it is “unconscionable that one party would hold women’s health hostage and use the tax code as a moral club to force their religious beliefs on every American.”  Perhaps you are unaware of this, but these sixteen people in your own party also voted for H.R. 3:

Jason Altmire (PA-4); Dan Boren (OK-2); Jerry F. Costello (IL-12); Mark Critz (PA-12); Henry Cuellar (TX-28); Joe Donnelly (IN-2); Tim Holden (PA-17); Marcy Kaptur (OH-9); Dale E. Kildee (MI-5); Daniel Lipinski (IL-3); Jim Matheson (UT-2); Mike McIntyre (NC-7); Collin C. Peterson (MN-7); Nick J. Rahall II (WV-3); Mike Ross (AR-4); and Heath Shuler (NC-11).

Please let me know at your earliest opportunity exactly how the DCCC will hold these sixteen Democrats “accountable.”  They are of course also radical and extremist — and yet the DCCC would spend the funds I donate helping to reelect them.

You know what?  I feel like writing a generous check.  If by midnight tonight (LOL!) I have received assurances that the DCCC will not spend any of its funds on the reelection campaigns of these sixteen radical extremists — your words — I will make that check out to the DCCC.  If not, it will go to a worthy recipient instead.

Best regards,
-Iris Vander Pluym

P.S.  Please tell the DCCC to stop writing email messages and then adding a P.S. that repeats the exact same points contained in the email.  Yours is the third email I’ve received from the DCCC recently that does this, and it’s annoying.  See how this P.S. part here makes a different point than my message above?  Yeah.  How about we go with that instead?  Thanks ever so much.

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About Iris Vander Pluym

Iris Vander Pluym is an artist and activist in NYC (West Village), and an unapologetic, godless, feminist lefty. Raised to believe Nice Girls™ do not discuss politics, sex or religion, it turns out those are pretty much the only topics she ever wants to talk about.

5 thoughts on “Dear Jackie Speier: No.

  1. Well parties tend to be allowed to vote differently for things. A few republicans will probably have voted against things the republicans are for. Not everyone who belongs to a party thinks the same way. One has to worry more about where they get their ideas from than the actual lines of voting.

  2. Well parties tend to be allowed to vote differently for things.

    Really? I had no idea.

    A few republicans will probably have voted against things the republicans are for.

    Not really. On major legislation the Republicans tend to vote 100% in lockstep, and on the occasions when they do not, the “no” votes are because the legislation is not far enough to the right. Some of those sixteen Dems I mentioned are the dregs left over from Rahm Emanuel’s conservative Blue Dogs, who also vote in lockstep with Republicans on choice, the wars, civil liberties, and every other hard right fetish.

    Not everyone who belongs to a party thinks the same way.

    Unless that party is the modern Republican party. The only occasional outlier is libertarian Ron Paul, but even he reliably toes the line on abortion. Further, forced birth is explicitly a keystone of the Republican party platform. Pro-choice is a marginalized, fringe position among Republicans — kind of like it is in the Catholic church hierarchy.

    The point of my post is that it is stunningly arrogant and the height of hypocrisy to use “radical, extremist” anti-choice legislation as a fundraising hook when those funds will be used to reelect “radical extremists” in the Democratic party.

  3. Sigh. I never understood the logic behind it since most of Planned Parenthood is about reducing abortions. Family Planning has always ironically been “anti abortion” since abortion goes down with birth control.

    I suggest sending them pictures from Likhaan. That always makes people squeamish. If gruesome pictures works for the pro-lifers it can work for the pro-choice movement too.

  4. I never understood the logic behind it since most of Planned Parenthood is about reducing abortions. Family Planning has always ironically been “anti abortion” since abortion goes down with birth control.

    No, you understand the “logic” perfectly. “Anti-abortion” and “pro-life” are euphemisms for “anti-sex” and “forced pregnancy.” It is an embodiment of a view of women as breeding sows, and enforcing that view using the backing of the state; it has nothing to do with being “anti-abortion” per se. These people are also against birth control.

    I suggest sending them pictures from Likhaan. That always makes people squeamish. If gruesome pictures works for the pro-lifers it can work for the pro-choice movement too.

    Agreed 100%. Or this (Photo of woman dead from self-abortion attempt, pre-Roe v. Wade [WARNING: extremely graphic, extremely disturbing, NSFW]).

    The unwillingness to respond in kind is exactly where the “tone” argument and “we need to take the high road with our rhetoric” kills liberalism.

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